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I want to get onto the #Emacs channel on Freenode. How do I do it?

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    May I suggest slightly more research before posting a question, please? The first hit on a google search for "emacs irc" returns EmacsWiki: Internet Relay Chat, and the second returns EmacsWiki: ERC. – Dan Oct 6 '14 at 21:05
  • @Dan Right now I am trying to ask questions that relate specifically to emacs as per this. I will try to ask more detailed ones though I do believe this kind of question does belong, though possibly as a community wiki listing the alternatives for connecting to IRC. – nixeagle Oct 6 '14 at 21:06
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    This question is perfectly on topic here, but the private beta is the time to show interesting or difficult questions. Please don't flood the site with trivial ones right now. – Malabarba Oct 6 '14 at 21:12
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    @Malabarba, alright. I will ask more complicated ones in the future :). I just want to help get this into public beta. – nixeagle Oct 6 '14 at 21:13
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    Private beta is over and this question looks to me like the very one place where a canonical answer should be given. I think it deserves more love. Also: Embrace the non-Googlers. – Nikana Reklawyks May 24 '15 at 6:50
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M-x erc is built in and works well. You want to join irc.freenode.net; the initial login is pretty self-explanatory. Then, type /join #emacs from the main IRC prompt.

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There is also circe, but you have to install it through melpa

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In Emacs 22 or later just type M-x irc to start rcirc. Using the default configuration will connect to Freenode and join #rcirc. If you don't want to use the default configuration, type C-u M-x irc instead. Otherwise you can configure rcirc in your init file.

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